London is giving new meaning to slip and slide.
The city boasts the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide, which will surely attract the attention of adrenaline junkies who are looking to an alternative to checking out Big Ben, the Tower of London and other iconic landmarks.
The Slide, as it’s being branded, will wrap around London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower—the city’s tallest sculpture—rising high above Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The tower is more than 240-feet tall–72 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.
The 584-foot long slide will take 40 seconds to fly through its 30 sections and 12 turns, including a corkscrew twist, hitting a top speed of 15 miles per hour.
It was designed by slide expert Carsten Holler, who has generated a name for building a number of impressive slide, including one for the Hayward Gallery.
Designed by Anish Kapoor for the London Summer Olympics, in 2012, the Orbit Tower was meant to reflect the city.
“I wanted the sensation of instability, something that was continually in movement,” he said. “Traditionally a tower is pyramidal in structure, but we have done quite the opposite, we have a flowing, coiling form that changes as you walk around it. … It is an object that cannot be perceived as having a singular image, from any one perspective. You need to journey round the object, and through it. Like a Tower of Babel, it requires real participation from the public.”
Made of 35,000 bolts and enough recycled steel to make 265 double-decker buses, the tower offers 20-mile views over the Olympic Park and the London skyline.
Tickets for The Slide cost $22 for adults, and around $15 for children. They can be purchased online. The price includes time on the Orbit’s viewing platform when The Slide opens June 24.
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